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In Case You Missed It - off track in Spain

16 May 2016

Sunday’s Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana Pirelli 2016 had more drama than a Hollywood blockbuster. But it wasn’t only on track that things were eventful in Barcelona - there was plenty happening away from the circuit too. Here's our social media roundup of just a few of the highlights...

Boxing clever

Even without these pictures, there's no doubt Daniil Kvyat had a few issues to 'juggle' this weekend after his sudden 'reassignment' to Toro Rosso. To his credit, the Russian came out fighting, scoring not only a point, but also the first fastest lap of his - and the team's - F1 career.


The F1 paddock never fails to attract celebrity fans from other sporting disciplines, but rarely do they go to these lengths to conceal their identity - Blue Demon Jr was the first Mexican professional wrestler, as well as first masked luchador, to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, but his real name remains unknown.

Makes you proud

Here's how you feel when your son has just become the youngest race winner in Formula One history - former F1 driver Jos Verstappen on Max's success.

On yer bike

This man is no stranger to success at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya either - three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo took victory here in 2010 and 2012. Sadly for Mercedes, the Spaniard's winning ways did not rub off on them on Sunday.

The next generation

Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz took time out in Spain to go back to their roots and support some budding local karters. Suffice to say, meeting your heroes is always memorable.

Hulk's house-warming

With a welcome like this, no wonder Nico Hulkenberg was happy to move into his upgraded Force India. Sadly, he had to move out rather rapidly mid-race, when flames erupted from its rear.

Taxi for Massa

We've seen drivers employ numerous ingenious ways to get around the paddock over the years, but this has to be a first.

In the swim

Renault were another team hosting a special, Spanish sporting guest in the form of swimmer Mireia Belmonte, who currently holds no less than five world records in short-course events.

Congratulations - Part One

Williams saw their development driver Alex Lynn take the third GP2 win of his career as this year's series got underway in Barcelona.

Tyre tutorial

Struggle to remember which colour denotes which tyre compound? In Spain, Pirelli drafted in some glamourous assistants to help you out.

Congratulations - Part Two

Williams weren't the only only ones celebrating GP2 success in Spain. Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly was on the podium on Sunday, as was Manor development driver Jordan King. Along with Lynn, the trio will be sampling F1 machinery in this week's Barcelona test.